DON’T PLACE PROFITS ABOVE OUR SECURITY NEEDS, PRESIDENT BUHARI WARNS TELECOM COMPANIES

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abu
Dhabi urged telecommunication companies
operating in Nigeria not to place their desire
for huge profits above the security needs of
the country.
Speaking at an interactive forum with
members of the Nigerian Community in Abu
Dhabi, President Buhari said that the war
against terrorism can only be won with
collective effort and a commitment by all
stakeholders to work in unison to halt the
scourge.
Remarking that the registration of all mobile
phone users without exception will help the
security agencies to pre-empt terrorist
attacks, the President said that
telecommunication companies operating in
Nigeria must adhere to the rules and
guidelines of the Nigerian Communications
Commission in this regard.
President Buhari assured the gathering that
his administration will deal decisively with the
seeming resurgence of oil theft, vandalisation
of pipelines and insecurity in the Niger Delta.
Declaring that the Nigerian Armed Forces had
already dealt “deadly blows” on Boko Haram,
the President said that the activities of oil
thieves and vandals will soon be brought to
an end.
“The oil thieves and abductors are a less
problematic target. We will re-organise and
deal with them,” he said.
President Buhari assured Nigerians at the
interactive session that his administration’s
war against corruption will continue to be
vigorously pursued.
The President pledged that more persons who
have abused the public trust will be exposed
and brought to justice soon, adding that his
government was committed to re-establishing
former standards of accountability and probity
in the management of public funds which were
jettisoned under past administrations.
The President appealed for more patience and
understanding from Nigerians as his
administration takes steps to safeguard the
economy from the shock of falling oil prices.
“In the face of our new economic reality of
dwindling oil prices, there are a number of
things we can really do without to preserve
our economy.
“We must develop the capacity to feed
ourselves and we should be spending our
resources on real development projects, not
luxuries,” he said.

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